from Les Vignerons D’Estézargues,
Côtes-du-Rhône, France; Unfiltered; 14.5% ABV
$4 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 4 Oct
Because the label says “unfiltered,” I let this settle for a few days before opening it. However, there was only a smallish amount of not-bad-tasting sediment, so it’s probably not something to worry about.
On first pour, the lighter red (color and taste) fruit and higher acid make it clear the wine needs to air. After about 75 minutes, the fruit darkens considerably to show tangy flavors of purple blackberry / blueberry, black cherry, a nice herbal note, and a little white and black pepper, with acid (on the stronger side) of boysenberry, red raspberry and light red cranberry. The extra acid means it’s probably better paired with food that is more fatty or not very sweet. Overall, although the flavors are quite tasty, the wine is a bit imbalanced, with more acid that I’d prefer, and an underlying roughness beyond just being “zesty.” While I found it only Drinkable, it’s probably quite acceptable for the price.